RENO, NV (AP) — A federal judge in Reno says he expects to decide within a day whether to grant an emergency injunction blocking a government roundup of 1,700 wild horses in eastern Nevada.

A lawyer for the Colorado-based Cloud Foundation told Judge Howard McKibben during an hour-long hearing Thursday that the planned roundup is illegal.

Rachel Fazio says the Bureau of Land Management has failed to prove that the mustangs are causing any ecological damage to the public rangeland, as is required by law before they can be removed. She says Congress made it clear they should be given priority over livestock in areas designated for their protection.

McKibben says he’s 90 percent certain he will issue a ruling on Friday. The BLM plans to start the roundup Saturday.


Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.


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